Underneath the surface of the water lies an entirely different world.
Both the terrain and the creatures that inhabit the deep waters are other-worldly. Thankfully, man has not yet found a way to dominate this underworld. The creatures own it and call the shots down here. But every now and then they do surface! Sometimes these ocean creatures are lurking only a few feet from the surface. Case in point are these Humpback whales who are not far below, and are going to pop up in epic fashion! One boater get’s an enormous surprise as this pod pops up right next to the boat, creating both shock and complete amazement at the rare witnessing of these animals so close, and above the water’s surface!
I used to work at Starbucks. Pretty decent job other than the fairly regular obnoxious customers who think the world of themselves. Regardless, I get paid, so it’s alright.
So one day this old lady comes in.
I’ve never seen her before, but she seems a little down in the dumps. This is not my typical “I’ll be paying with my daddy’s credit card” customer, so I’m a little more inclined to see what’s going on. I ask her how her day is going, and she tells me she’s fine.
She orders a cup of coffee.
I can tell she most definitely is not okay- something’s definitely off. I quietly ask her if she’s sure she’s doing alright. She looks up at me from her purse with tears in her eyes and, voice quivering, says, “No, son, I’m not. My husband is dying and I’m trying to learn how to live without him.”
I come to learn her husband did everything for her – he kept up the house, he pumped the gas. He was Prince Charming, and now he was dying. My heart just broke right there. I poured her a cup of coffee and handed it to her. She went to reach into her wallet, but I told her it was on the house.
This woman looked at me and burst into tears.
The store is virtually empty at this point, so we have some more time with her. My manager gives her a hug and the woman tells me it was the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for her. It wasn’t any big deal. I just gave her a cup of coffee. It cost me nothing, I just didn’t charge it.
But the story doesn’t end there.
Later that afternoon I get a call from the afternoon shift manager. She just got a phone call from a 20-something year old girl who asked about me. She said that her grandma (the woman I had served that morning) had come and told her (granddaughter) about our exchange.
This girl was singing our praises big time, saying we changed this lady’s entire perspective on the situation. I was absolutely floored and got a little choked up.
But we’re still not done.
Three weeks later, I’m working a Sunday morning. It’s right between two rushes and this giant group comes in. Big groups are always a pain to serve, but I put a smile on and get ready to take care of everyone. An older lady comes up to me and grabs my hand. She asks me if I remember who she is- it’s the lady from three weeks before.
I ask her about her husband and she responds, “Well, that’s what I’m here about, son. I have two things to share with you this morning. First, I want you to know that my husband passed away. His funeral was yesterday and the whole family came into town for the service. The second thing I want to share with you is this – I want you to know that I shared the story of what you did for me with that cup of coffee. You may not know this, but that cup of coffee gave me an entirely new perspective on my husband’s life. I wanted to thank you for that. Son, I want to introduce you to my family. They have something they want to say to you.”
She turns around and gestures to the group.
One by one, they come up to me and shake my hand and thank me for what I’ve done. At this point everyone is teary eyed. It was the strangest thing. A cup of coffee changed everything, and, in the process, allowed me to celebrate the life of a stranger I never knew with his loved ones.
People who fight dogs are the lowest of the low. Subjecting animals to this kind of brutality is sickening, yet this type of behavior sadly seems to be growing.
Raids are in place to put an end to dog fighting. Such a raid took place in 2009 where the American Humane Society rescued hundreds of dogs from fighting rings. There was one dog in particular which really spoke volumes regarding the physical effects that dogs suffer from. His name is Stallone and his face was badly torn-up when they rescued him.
Unfortunately the outcome for dogs like Stallone are slow and painful deaths as they are trained to fight one another. That’s the reminder here, that Stallone wasn’t born to do this and most are not born aggressive, but rather are trained to be this way and conditioned to accept aggressiveness as a positive attribute. Share this important story with friends and family.
When Raven, the Tamaskan, was still a puppy, her owners wanted to get a companion for her. But rather than bring another pet home unannounced, they took her to the shelter to choose the newest member of the family.
Her pick? The cutest little kitten! It was love at first sight between Raven and the new family member, Woodhouse.
The two are always cuddling and absolutely inseparable
What an adorable pair! You can see more of their adventures on their Instagram page. Share this sweet story with your family and friends by clicking the button below!
For anyone who thinks that animals can’t feel strong emotions like love and happiness, this video proves beyond a shadow of a doubt just how wrong that sentiment is!
After a pretty intense birth, this mama dog was completely exhausted. As her little puppies all squiggle and squeal for some milk, the only thing this poor mom can do is lie on her side and hope to fall asleep. Though her puppies all came out healthy, she can barely move.
But just when you’d start feeling sorry for this new mom, it’s worth waiting to see what Dad does! Softly and with obvious affection for his wife, he slowly licks at her face to help her feel more comfortable. As the babies all get something to eat, Mom and Dad get to share this beautiful and peaceful moment with each other.
It’s hard to believe that anyone could possibly think that dogs don’t feel love for one another, but after watching this video, it’s pretty hard to stick to that idea. This father clearly loves Mom, and will probably do anything to make sure she and his brand-new babies stay absolutely and completely safe. It really doesn’t get much more perfect than this.
Once Mom has gotten some rest, she (and her beautiful babies) will all be taken inside for a more comfortable place to sleep.
Please SHARE this amazing video if you believe that animals can and do feel love!
A man goes to a party and has too much to drink. His friends plead with him to let them take him home. He says no… he only lives a mile away. About five blocks from the party, the police pull him over for weaving and ask him to get out of the car and walk the line. Just as he starts, the police radio blares out a notice of a robbery taking place in a house just a block away. The police tell the party animal to stay put, they will be right back and they run down the street to the robbery.
The guy waits and waits and finally decides to drive home. When he gets there, he tells his wife he is going to bed, and to tell anyone who might come looking for him that he has the flu and has been in bed all day.
A few hours later the police knock on the door. They ask if Mr. X lives there and his wife says yes. They ask to see him and she replies that he is in bed with the flu and has been so all day.
The police have his driver’s license. They ask to see his car and she asks why. They insist on seeing his car, so she takes them to the garage and opens the door where they find their police car, lights still flashing. This true story was told by the driver at his first AA meeting, according to the newspaper account.